Pearl Harbor base closed while bomb squad investigates car

HONOLULU — The sprawling Pearl Harbor military base was shut down to incoming and outgoing traffic while a bomb squad investigated a car that appeared at the base without authorization to enter, the Navy said in a statement.

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickham was closed at about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday night after a gate guard ordered a vehicle to turn around and then saw something that prompted security forces and the bomb squad to investigate, the statement said.

The base’s gates were closed for about two hours. There were no injuries and no information was disclosed about the occupant or occupants of the car and what if anything was found inside the vehicle.

The base is also home to a naval shipyard where an active duty U.S. sailor whose submarine was docked at Pearl Harbor opened fire on three civilian employees in December, killing two of them. Officials have said the sailor then took his own life.

The shooting happened days before dignitaries and veterans attended the base’s event to mark the 78th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

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